That scamp Jeffrey Dean Morgan seems determined to drag a fan-favorite character back to the world of The Walking Dead.
The Walking Dead is swiftly drawing to a close, which of course means the continuation of the show by other means. Most directly, fan-favorite zombie/person killer Jeffrey Dean Morgan will be co-starring on a new spin-off show with Lauren Cohan titled Isle of the Dead. However, it seems the man who would be Negan is not satisfied with just bringing Cohan’s Maggie Rhee along on his no-doubt harrowing and bleak journey, but wants to bring another character: Alicia Clark. A very active Twitter user, Jeffrey Dean Morgan recently @’d co-star Alycia Debnam-Carey and seemed to suggest he wanted her to be on the show. Here’s the Tweet:
What Jeffrey Dean Morgan is obliquely referring to is that Alycia Debnam-Carey recently left another Walking Dead spin-off, Fear the Walking Dead after seven seasons. While there is nothing unusual about a main character leaving a Walking Dead show (what with all the flesh-eating zombies and crumbling civilization and all), Fear the Walking Dead showrunners Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg took care to leave Alicia Clark’s fate ambiguous. Basically, if you do not see a character graphically disemboweled by zombies, you cannot be sure they will not pop back up sometimes later (and sometimes even that isn’t enough of a sure thing).
Jeffrey Dean Morgan seemed to be implying that Alycia Debnam-Carey’s Alicia Clark would be welcome to show up on Isle of the Dead. The particular spin-off will follow Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s Negan and Lauren Cohan’s Maggie Rhee as they explore the post-zombie island of Manhattan in New York. From the descriptions of the show so far, New York will be less of a “so alive, this city!” place in the future and more of a “only the strong survive by crushing the weak in a desperate and ultimately futile, dehumanizing attempt to cling to life.” Why wouldn’t Alicia Clark want to show up there?
For her part, Alycia Debnam-Carey responded to Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s Tweet (as you can see above) with effusive hearts and crying face emojis and also an acknowledgment that New York City is the best. While she may simply be stating what most movies of the early 2000s pushed on us aggressively, it could also be taken as a hint that she could be persuaded to appear on Isle of the Dead.
There are currently eight episodes of The Walking Dead left to air before the show concludes its 11th and final season. Aside from Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Lauren Cohen’s Isle of the Dead spin-off, Fear the Walking Dead is continuing. Another spin-off series, The Walking Dead: World Beyond, concluded in 2021, but another two shows have already been announced. An anthology series titled Tales of the Walking Dead will reveal the backstories of various characters, while Norman Reedus will be getting his own so-far untitled Daryl-oriented spin-off (may we suggest The Walking Daryl?). Isle of the Dead is currently filming and is expected to premiere sometime in 2023, so get ready for some Jeffrey Dean Morgan-baseball bat action coming soon.